In this day and age, data breaches are no longer a matter of “if” but “when.” Yet, only a third of organisations believe they have adequate resources to manage security effectively, according to Ponemon’s 2017 State of Endpoint Security Risk report. The lack of confidence to face latest cybersecurity threats and to respond to data breaches in a way that complies with regulations highlights the need for cybersecurity training across the whole organisation.
We recently delivered our flagship cybersecurity training course, the GCHQ-Certified Cyber Incident Planning and Response (CIPR) workshop to UAE's Dubai Islamic Bank.
The interactive, UK Government-certified incident management training was delivered to a mixed group of Senior Management and members of the IT Audit function with the objective of enabling management to understand the audit requirements for incident management, improve the organisation's incident response capability and increase its overall cyber resilience maturity.
During the two day interactive workshop we covered the following;
- Creating a blueprint for building a cyber resilient organisation,
- Reviewing and optimising incident response plans,
- Creating actionable checklists and response playbooks,
- Identifying teams, roles and skills for the CSIRT teams
- Reviewing audit controls for incident management and cyber resiliency.
- Technical knowledge is NOT a prerequisite.
- *CSIRT - Cybersecurity Incident Response Teams
Amar Singh, CEO and co-founder of Cyber Management Alliance, industry influencer and cyber security specialist, and Chair of ISACA’s UK Security Advisory Group, recently discussed with Cylance his reasons behind his belief that “Good Enough just isn’t Good Enough” when it comes to data security.
Cyber Management Alliance headed to the city of Brussels in Belgium on 13th November 2017 to host their inaugural European Wisdom of Crowds event. Amar Singh and the CMA team welcomed cyber and information security, data privacy and GDPR professionals across Europe to collaborate, create and share their insights into ‘Architecting the GDPR-Ready Enterprise – The European Addendum’.
Cyber Management Alliance were back at The Belfry in Warwickshire on 17th and 18th October 2017 hosting their second live Wisdom of Crowds event. Amar Singh and the team welcomed attendees from the world of cyber security to collaborate, create and share their insights into ‘Building a Cloud-Based Secure Enterprise’.
Cyber Management Alliance recently worked with equity management firm, Oldfield Partners LLP in helping them through their journey to ISO 27001 Certification. Oldfield Partners were awarded their Certification by BSI in their offices in Milton Keynes together with Amar Singh, CEO at Cyber Management Alliance, and his team.
Cyber Management Alliance (CMA) and StarLink partnered recently to provide CMA’s GCHQ Certified Cyber Incident Planning & Response (CIPR) training to delegates at the Marriott Hotel, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on 20th July 2017.
Cyber Management Alliance collaborated and co-hosted an interesting and informative conference in London in June with Housing Security & Privacy Forum. Amar Singh, CEO and founder of Cyber Management Alliance, and Adrian Leung, Head of Information Security at Catalyst Housing Ltd, led the event which included a series of excellent presentations and discussions based on GDPR compliance within the housing association industry.
Why Adopting ISO 27001 is Good for Business and Customers
Amar Singh, CEO and founder of Cyber Management hosted an informative Webinar on Petya, nonPetya and Goldeneye including the minefield around whether Petya was ransomware, patching, playbooks and security controls to protect businesses and organisations, and if cyber attacks of this nature are going to increase.
Cyber criminals are posing an increasingly significant risk to businesses’ bottom line. In 2016, cyber security breaches cost UK businesses almost £30 billion; that's staggering. PwC's annual Global State of Information Security Survey 2017 showed that retail and consumer businesses were affected by, on average, more than 4,000 security incidents in 2015. 16% of those surveyed admitted to losses of $1 million plus due to these incidents. A worrying 95% of breached records originated from either retail, government or technology in 2016! So, what can you do as a retailer to reduce the impact of cyber attacks on your business?
The recent WannaCry ransomware attack that started on 12th May spread globally in less than a day and impacted businesses of all sizes. Importantly, this incident wiped away any thoughts that cyber criminals only target large organisations.
Cyber Management Alliance travelled to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in India during April this year to host a series of GCHQ Certified Cyber Incident Planning & Response (CIPR) one-day workshops. The training sessions were hailed a great success, with many taking the CIPR exam.
Cyber Management Alliance hosted their inaugural live Wisdom of Crowds event at The Belfry in Warwickshire, the legendary Ryder Cup golf venue, on 17th and 18th May 2017. The event welcomed attendees from the world of cyber security to collaborate, create and share their knowledge, experience and insights into ‘Architecting the GDPR-Ready Enterprise’.
Cyber Management Alliance are delighted to announce they are now official CPE (Certified Professional Education) Submitters for (ISC)2. Cyber-security professionals that attend CMA’s range of cyber-security training courses qualify for (ISC)2’s CPE credits, submitted by Cyber Management Alliance, enabling them to maintain their (ISC)2 certification status.
As part of our ongoing growth at Cyber Management Alliance, we are delighted to announce that two new associates have joined our team to develop and expand our services worldwide.
Amar Singh, CEO and Founder of Cyber Management Alliance, was invited to speak at Thycotic’s Vendor Partner event in Portugal earlier this year. Amar was invited to share his insights with Thycotic’s distributors on how to engage with and position Thycotic’s Secret Server offering to customers.
Cyber Management Alliance’s new, innovative series of Wisdom of Crowds events headed to fabulous Burj Al Arab in Dubai on 4th May 2017 for their inaugural annual conference – ‘The Perfect Rabbit Hole – Delivering an Effective and Responsive SOC’.
Amar Singh and Cyber Management Alliance worked with Infingate UK, the organiser’s of the annual one-day V.SEC Conference held at The Grand Connaught in London on 22nd November 2016. The popular networking conference brings together security and IT professionals worldwide to learn how leading security solutions are developing to deal with the latest vulnerabilities and threats faced by enterprises today.
Amar Singh, CEO and founder of Cyber Management Alliance (CMA) and trusted cybersecurity advisor worldwide, delivered his keynote presentation “Tearing Down the Castle Walls – Strategies for the coming Cyber Age” at the TopConference 2017. The conference took place from 31st January to 1st February 2017 at the Veru Hotel Tallinn in Estonia.
Amar Singh, CEO and co-founder of Cyber Management Alliance, launched Switzerland's quarterly Cyber security Strategy Workshop at an IT Security event held in Zurich, Switzerland in earlier this year.
Cyber Management Alliance is delighted to announce that their CIPR (Cyber Incident Planning & Response) training course has attained GCHQ Certification. The GCHQ Certified Training scheme, part of the National Cyber Security Programme, develops the UK’s knowledge, capability and skills in all aspects of cyber security, ensuring high quality cyber security training is delivered by experienced providers.
Cyber Management Alliance (CM-Alliance) is delighted to announce that they are bringing their UK Government GCHQ-Certified Cyber Incident Planning & Response (CIPR) training to India.
Cyber Management Alliance announce that their popular GCHQ Certified Cyber Incident Planning & Response (CIPR) training course has been approved for 8 CPE credits by (ISC)2. Cyber-security professionals attending the course qualify for (ISC)2 CPE credits, submitted by Cyber Management Alliance, enabling them to maintain their (ISC)2 membership status and CPE accreditation.
The West Yorkshire Police were joined by South Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Police, and by the Humberside Police Commissioner, on Cyber Management Alliance’s (CMA) GCHQ-Certified Cyber Incident Planning & Response (CIPR) training.
Vanessa Smith, DCI of Yorkshire and Humberside Region Cyber Crime Team said of the CIPR course:
Cyber Management Alliance (CMA) took their GCHQ-Certified Cyber Incident Planning and Response (CIPR) course to Switzerland on 15th December 2016, providing excellent training for a range of security and IT professionals wanting to learn more about preparing and planning for potential cyber threats.
West Mercia and Warwickshire Police tackled Cyber Management Alliance’s (CMA) GCHQ-Certified Cyber Incident Planning and Response (CIPR) training, held at Warwickshire Police Headquarters on 12th December 2016, where delegates learned how to plan and respond to cyber threats and security breaches.
Cyber Management Alliance’s Amar Singh hosted an interesting and insightful webinar with David Emm, a Principal Security Researcher and member of Kaspersky's respected Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT)
Cyber Management Alliance’s Amar Singh took part in a lively and informative debate at Hacker Halted and Global CISO, EC-Council Foundation’s annual information security conferences held in Atlanta, USA in September 2016 discussing “Security vs Privacy” and where the line needs to be drawn between respecting privacy and ensuring security.
Amar Singh from Cyber Management Alliance recently hosted an educational webinar discussing the necessary foundational controls for a business. The webinar, available for viewing online (here) is titled Designing the Foundations of a Secure Organisation. Amar invited an expert in this field to join him and discuss these controls and how they could help improve the overall cybersecurity posture of an organisation. David McKissick works for Tripwire.
It was the turn of the police force to improve their knowledge about cybersecurity as they attended Cyber Management Alliance’s flagship one day GCHQ Certified ‘Cyber Security & Privacy Essentials’ (CSPE) training course. In association with the University of Wolverhampton and the National Cyber Skills Centre, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police turned out in ‘force’ to enhance their cybersecurity knowledge and learn more about the business context about cybersecurity.
Cyber Management Alliance, the leadersin information security training and consulting worldwide and silver sponsors of the Cyber Security Challenge UK Masterclass,recently attended the Masterclass dinner held on 4th November 2016 that crowned student, Ben Jackson, as the 2016 Cyber Security Champion, the youngest ever at just 18 years old.
Cyber Management Alliance Ltd (CM-Alliance) recently partnered with ISACA's UAE Chapter, the global information security association, for their I-SAFE event held in Dubai in October 2016 where they ran their popular one-day Cyber Incident Planning & Response (CIPR) strategy workshop session with Amar Singh, founder of Cyber Management Alliance and Chair of ISACA’s UK Security Advisory Group.
Within the UK, 90% of large organisations and 74% of small organisations admitted having a security breach in the last year (PwC, 2015).
Security assurance via ISAE 3402 SOC 2 reports and ISO 27001:2013 standard implementation are mechanisms that can help you meet your clients’ expectations (around securing client data and processes).
The term risk assessment is not risk management. We have seen clients using these terms as synonyms as part of daily office interactions. So, what is the key difference? A risk assessment consists of three parts: